Removing paneling requires some work, but this is the basic process: An efficient way to counter the effect of a low ceiling is to add skylights.
You can choose from a variety of different designs, including flat window-style skylights, tubes that extend through the attic insulation, and domed lights.
• Add color with a fresh coat of paint and accent trim.
• Replace outdated siding with fiber cement board, stucco, stone veneer, brick or a combination of two or three.
Q My husband and I have been living in our ranch home since the 1970s, and we are finally ready to do some upgrading to make it a little more current. The earth-hugging prairie-style houses pioneered by Frank Lloyd Wright and the popular California bungalow styles paved the way for the ranch.
• Add skylights to baths and halls on the north side of the roof to capture ambient light.This should get you started with some key modifications that can add character, charm and curb appeal to your ranch-style home.Hire an architect to study several different design alternatives before selecting a plan. With their single-story construction and efficient use of space, there's a lot to love about ranch houses.However, one look at the popcorn ceilings and 70s-era paneling will tell you that there's also plenty to improve.